USGS maps out a new position: geographic information officer

USGS maps out a new position: geographic information officer

The Geological Survey wants to hire a geographic information officer, using the chief information officer's position as a model.

The new GIO's responsibilities will include helping set USGS information policies and strategies. USGS director Charles Groat said the GIO will coordinate the agency's geographic information systems projects and ensure that GIS policies support the agency's mission.

As the country's largest water, Earth and biological science and civilian mapping agency, USGS works with more than 2,000 organizations across the country to provide scientific information to resource managers, planners and customers.

'The survey has a solid reputation for providing reliable scientific information,' Ryan said. 'Building on that reputation, we want to fully develop the rich potential of geographic information for integrating our scientific findings and for making our science even more accessible to the public.'

The agency's goal is to hire a GIO by October, said Barbara Ryan, USGS associate director for operations.

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